Welcome to the UCL Men’s Basketball Knights! ⚔️

The UCL Knights are one of the most diverse and successful sports societies at UCL. We put in the work off the court so that we can achieve our high team standards every time we step onto it, representing our team, university and the values that we stand for.

We welcome players of all abilities, be it for high-level competitive play, or recreational pick-up games, all for you to have the opportunity to train, improve, and compete with your peers in and around London.

Outside of basketball, we run weekly socials for the UCL basketball family, as well as a number of events and tournaments throughout the year. Our main goal is to create an inclusive basketball community centred around the various elements of competition, personal development, and team-spirit, encompassed by an inclusive social atmosphere.

 

Our four competitive squads play in both regional and national leagues and competitions:

1st TEAM

Our 1st Team plays at a high level in the BUCS 1A division. The team is lead by a professional coach, and we train 2 times a week on Mondays and Thursdays - as well as fixtures on Wednesdays.

  • Captain: Bruno Bianchi
  • Vice Captain: Andrea Ripa

2nd TEAM

The 2nd Team also plays at a competitive level in the BUCS League as well as the LUSL Competitive League. They train once a week on Sundays and fixtures take place on Wednesdays and at the weekend.

  • Captain: Will Beukers
  • Vice Captain: Saif Al-Dahir

3rd TEAM

Our 3rd Team will compete in the LUSL Intermediate League. They train once a week on Sundays, and fixtures will take place primarily on weekends.

  • Captain: Michi Tett
  • Vice Captain: David Or

4th Team

Our 4th team is undergoing a trial year. They will train once a week on a Friday. We are currently exploring a number of private leagues for the team to play in.

  • 4th Team Captain: Togay Ata Gokalp

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Leadership

  • PRESIDENT: Prem Sodhi
  • TREASURER: Daniel Hung 
  • VICE PRESIDENT (SQUADS): Andrea Ripa
  • VICE PRESIDENT (OPERATIONS): Alan Aksenenko     
  • WELFARE OFFICER: Ire Ajibade

General

  • Kits officer: Saif Al-Dahir
  • Social secretary: Alan Aksenenko 
  • Community Outreach Officer: Ben Schmitz-Gielsdorf
  • Social basketball secretary: Shenyuan Ng
  • Sponsorship Officer: Felix Pang

 

SOCIAL BASKETBALL

On Tuesdays and Saturdays we run social basketball for players of all levels to come train and play pick-up. We will also be helping to run the TeamUCL Intermural Basketball League for players looking to play casual and competitive games in an intermural league. This also gives unselected players an opportunity to work their way up into one of our competitive teams.

  • Social basketball secretary: Shenyuan Ng

EVENTS

We will be running some great charity events throughout the year including an All-Star weekend and inter-club tournament, not to mention Varsity as well as trips such our yearly Paris basketball tour. These are not to be missed and are considered by many in the club as the highlight of the year. All the events and announcements for them will be made on our social media platforms.

 

TRIALS

Trials for the 2022-23 season will take place w/c 26th September 2022. Follow us to stay updated:

  • Instagram: @uclmensbasketball
  • Facebook: @UCL Men’s Basketball

            

GETTING INVOLVED

Meet us:

Team UCL Takeover - Wednesday 28th September 2022 - Main quad - 11am-5pm

Welcome Fair - Saturday 1st September 2022

We are holding a stall at the TeamUCL takeover and at the Welcome Fair. Come meet us there in us there in person to learn more about the club and what it takes to be a UCL Knight!

 

COVID-19 Update: 

As COVID-19 restrictions and measures have eased, we are currently able to play basketball without restrictions. We are working hard to do our best to provide you all with opportunities to develop your game this year and so as the year goes by we will follow guidance from the UCL Student Union and Basketball England on return to play regulations.

Check out this link to learn more about Basketball England guidelines: https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/safeguarding/return-to-play-guidance/

As it stands, BUCS and LUSL competitive games will run as per usual at the beginning of term, and in addition to those we may organise closed door friendlies with other London universities to hit the ground running at the start of term. Follow our social medias for regular updates on return to play this year.

 

FAQs

1. When and where are trainings and social basketball conducted?

Trainings and social basketball vary in venue and time every weekend depending on match-days and events. Venues tend to be Somers Town Community Centre on Saturdays OR London Metropolitan University on Sundays OR New City Fitness midweek. Follow our social medias for weekly updates and more information.

2. Will the society provide basketballs?

We will provide balls for social basketball, but it is STRONGLY advised to bring your balls.

3. When should I buy my membership?

You should wait until our free taster sessions and trials have taken place prior to paying for team membership or social basketball membership. After the first few weeks, you MUST pay for the respective membership in order to play competitively or pick-up - if you do not have a membership you will be unable to engage in team trainings. We will run membership checks every social session.

4. Can I bring friends outside of UCL to social basketball?

No, UCL basketball sessions are strictly for those who have paid for the respective membership. For more information please contact our President or Social Basketball Coordinator.

5. What if I really cannot attend the trials for teams?

If you have a valid reason for being unable to attend trials and are interested to try out for a team feel free to contact one of our team captains - their contact details can be found through our Facebook or Instagram pages. Alternatively, you can attend social basketball sessions and tournaments where we will be doing active recruitment. You can also email or message us.

7. Who should I contact for more specific questions? 

You can ask question on the UCL Men’s Basketball Facebook page or directly contact anyone on our committee, and team matters should be directed towards captains. We are all very happy to help. Also, feel free to get in touch with our President or Treasurer, who should be able to answer any question related to the UCL Knights.

8. Who should I contact if I have any issues in the club? 

Our Welfare Officer this year is Ire Ajebade who is driven to ensure that all members of our club are treated fairly and with respect. He will be able to direct you to appropriate support services if needed, and deal with any inter-personal conflicts within the club.

9. How are you connected to the Women’s Basketball Club?

Women have a separate club but we maintain a close link with them and run many joint socials and events together, supporting each other in matches when we can. This year we are working on a weekly joint skills training session with the Women’s Club.

10. How can we sponsor your club?

We are welcoming sponsors this year, for sponsorship please contact our President at [email protected] for more information.

11. How can I join the NBA discussion group chat?

We welcome fans of all teams to our Whatsapp chat (including Clippers fans), to join please purchase our free membership and contact us on Facebook or Instagram with your name and favourite team.

For any more questions feel free to contact us or any member of our committee directly.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Leadership

  • PRESIDENT: Prem Sodhi
  • TREASURER: Daniel Hung
  • VICE PRESIDENT (SQUADS): Andrea Ripa
  • VICE PRESIDENT (OPERATIONS): Alan Aksenenko
  • WELFARE OFFICER: Ire Ajibade

General Committee

  • Kits officer: Saif Al-Dahir
  • Social secretary: Alan Aksenenko 
  • Community Outreach Officer: Ben Schmitz-Gielsdorf
  • Social basketball secretary: Shenyuan Ng
  • Sponsorship Officer: Felix Pang

Captains

  • 1st Team Captain: Bruno Bianchi
  • 1st Team Vice Captain: Andrea Ripa
  • 2nd Team Captain: Will Beukers
  • 2nd Team Vice Captain: Saif Al-Dahir
  • 3rd Team Captain: Michi Tett
  • 3rd Team Vice Captain: David Or
  • 4th Team Captain: Togay Ata Gokalp

 

Welcome to the UCL Basketball family!

  • Instagram: @uclmensbasketball
  • Facebook: @UCL Men’s Basketball

 

This Club is Pride in Sport Accredited